While it is no longer the new year, it is never to late to make a positive change in our lives. I know for many of us, the past 12 months have been really difficult - and while things aren't yet back to normal, it is a great time for a mental reset and a … Continue reading 10 Tips for Zero Waste Absolute Beginners (A 2021 Guide)
Greta is alone in a room. The room looks like some kind of library with wide desks lined up in rows. Greta stands in the wide isle in the center and dances around with a spirit that can only be described as youthful. It is in this moment that I truly realize that the weight … Continue reading Relighting the fire – A review of ‘I am Greta’
4 Weeks. We have not been grocery shopping in 4 weeks. Usually, we go grocery shopping once a fortnight, without much exception. However, as we got close to our last grocery shopping day, I realised that we still had enough food to last at least a few more days. I thought a week tops - … Continue reading We made it through our PANTRY CHALLENGE!!
Since being in lockdown, I have had quite a bit of time to spend on social media looking at what my fellow Zero Wasters are doing with their time. That's when I discovered that there are a lot of stereotypical Zero Waste things that I am the worst at. Here are 3 Zero Waste things … Continue reading 3 “Eco Friendly” Things I suck at
Does anyone else feel like sometimes, the more you clean, the messier your home is? Sometimes, I feel like I will never get on top of everything in the home that we need to get done. So, here are 4 things I do when I am feeling overwhelmed by cleaning. I employ the 1 in, … Continue reading What to do when your home is a mess.
In these challenging times, I have found it hard to find a balance between worrying about the waste I am creating and working with what is still available and trying to be okay with that. It has been particularly difficult to know which option is the best option when neither is what I would usually … Continue reading 3 Ways to keep the balance during difficult times
I recently found out, in light of the coronavirus, our local libraries are closing until further notice. At first, I was devastated - don't get me wrong, I understand it - but the library is a resource I use on a weekly basis and without it, I wasn't sure how I was going to get … Continue reading Reading Challenge Time!
My partner and I have decided we need to do more activities on the weekend to get out of the house. Some weekends, we are so tired, we spend the whole weekend in and can't be convinced to leave the house, but we also know sometimes, it's just as healthy to get out of the … Continue reading 4 Things we want to learn this year
I am sure everyone has seen over the last couple of weeks, that we as a society are going crazy with our 'stocking up mentality'. Now I am not here to give advice on whether you should or shouldn't stock up on the essentials or not, that is a completely personal decision that seems to … Continue reading An opportunity to use what we have
Sometimes I forget to take a moment to be grateful for the people around me. In this fast-paced world, and this beautiful low waste movement, it can be so easy to be frustrated at the world around you and to forget what is important - or at least that's how it feels for me. I … Continue reading Taking a moment for gratitude
Right now, McDonalds Australia is promoting its frozen drinks on every print, digital and video marketing platform imaginable. They are promoting that they have 37 flavors in their frozen drink range. This got me thinking, why would anyone ever need 37 different flavors for something as simple as choosing a drink. McDonald's customers have been … Continue reading Why 37 flavors is just too many!
This past month, we did another cleanout of our house. Don't get me wrong, we don't like a lot of new things coming into our home, but the more you declutter, the more you realize how much you really don't need. Here are 5 things we found duplicates of, that we realized we didn't need. … Continue reading 5 Things I only need one of
If I had read a title like this a year ago, or even a month ago, I would have thought that the author was crazy and that they just wanted to give up on themselves before they even started. But this is an important lesson that I learned about priorities. I am a person who … Continue reading You don’t have to finish everything you start
Two weeks ago, I was in the kitchen, just about to make myself some pasta. If you know me, this is almost a daily occurrence. I did what I always do, I put the pasta machine on, and I filled up the kettle to heat the water. Thirty seconds later, the kettle started making sounds … Continue reading Weekly mishap – Zero Waste Lesson
If you have been watching this space for a while, you may have noticed that I used to post on social media 3-5 times a week when I first began Minimize the Waste. You could count on it, like clockwork, but all of a sudden, about 6 months ago, I dropped off of the radar … Continue reading Why I haven’t been on Instagram
Yesterday, I was watching a Youtube video of someone grocery shopping. They were a normal, everyday person purchasing normal everyday things - but I couldn't help that the contents of their shopping basket struck me as a little odd. However, it did inspire me - so here are 3 everyday things that I have not … Continue reading 3 Things I haven’t purchased on my Zero Waste Journey
Sure, when it is 40+ degrees in the middle of summer and you have no other choice, crank that AC like there is no tomorrow - but before you click the on switch to your air-con unit, check out these 3 ways to cool down that are more eco-friendly. Self Regulate This one isn't for … Continue reading 3 Ways to Beat the Heat this summer while being eco-friendly
Whether you are new to an eco-friendly lifestyle or a seasoned professional, if you are thinking of purchasing a reusable cup today - don't! Whether one or all three of these reasons apply to you, taking a step back before any purchase is always a good idea. You don't drink coffee out I am certainly … Continue reading 3 reasons you probably shouldn’t buy that reusable cup
I was thinking today about all of the changes that I have made in my Zero Waste journey and reflecting on just how difficult it was to let go of some of my previous habits. Particularly for me, brands or types of products that I used to use. Of course, now, my reusable pads and … Continue reading Try something new
Time for a short and snappy message from me today to keep you on track with your sustainability goals. I hear from people a lot that they know about reusables, and they know about rejecting single-use, but beyond that, they don't know how to reduce their impact on the environment. So here are 3 FREE … Continue reading 3 Things you can change today to help save the planet
I recently read Kathryn Kellogs book, 101 Ways to go Zero Waste. I would personally like to congratulate Kathryn on this massive achievement. Writing a book is a mammoth task, and this one was eloquent, well researched and an amazing representation of the Zero Waste movement. That said, It is important to note that this book … Continue reading 101 Ways to go Zero Waste – A Review
Plastic-free July is a fantastic way for people to kick-start their Zero Waste or Eco-living Journey. And just because you may already feel like a pro when it comes to plastic-free living, doesn't mean that Plastic Free July cannot be the kick-start you need too. For me, I am using Plastic Free July as a … Continue reading My 5 Plastic Free July Challenges
There is some good news hitting the eco-community over the last few months, and I thought it was time to give you guys the summary. Here are all of the Countries, States, Cities, and Counties that have declared a Climate Emergency around the world. The UK, France, and Ireland: The Uk was the very first … Continue reading Who has declared a Climate Emergency so far?
I thought, since it is Plastic Free July, I would share with you one of the most surprising plastics I gave up early in my Zero Waste Journey. I am so sorry to put you off your after lunch snack, but that gum is made of plastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kttVyakHN4 While chewing gum and bubble gum was … Continue reading That Gum You’re Chewing? Yep, It’s Made of Plastic.
A lot of people in my life ask me why I no longer use teabags. While many understand that I no longer purchase them, as they often come in plastic, I also refuse them if they are offered to me in the office, and I won't order them in a restaurant. Did you know that … Continue reading Why not teabags?